Education in Valdese

Jimmy C. Draughn High School

Home of the Wildcats Grades 9-12 709 Lovelady Road NE Valdese, NC 28690 Ph:828-879-4200 Fax: 828-879-4201

Heritage Middle School

Home of the Eagles Grades 6-8 1951 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 Ph. 828.874.0731 Fax: 828.879.6330

Valdese Elementary School

Home of the Tigers Grades K-5 298 Praley Street Valdese Phone: 828-874-0704 Fax: 828-874-1571


Mission Statement: The mission of Burke County Public Schools is to educate diverse learners, nurture their potentials, and empower them to be competitive, successful, and productive citizens.

Vision Statement: Burke County Public Schools, a world-class model of exemplary education, inspires students to be life-long learners who can compete successfully on the global stage and contribute to their community as productive citizens.

We Believe ...

In preparing all students for the workforce and higher education opportunities; In partnerships with parents, stakeholders, the community, business and industry; In equipping teachers and students with technology backed by training on using technology for instruction;

In exposing students to science, technology, engineering, art, agriculture and math; In improving opportunities for all students through the lens of equity and social justice; In Accentuating the Positive; In Igniting Learning for a Brighter Future!


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